The New York Yankees activated left-handed reliever Aroldis Chapman from the 15-day injured list on Friday.
Chapman has been out since May 24 due to left Achilles tendinitis. He made two rehab appearances with Double-A Somerset and one with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said he will not force Chapman into the closer’s role upon his return.
“We’ll pick spots and try to get him in spots where he can be successful,” Boone said Thursday. “That could be anywhere from a high-leverage situation to a mid-leverage to a low-leverage. Getting him going and hopefully getting him in rhythm. I’m not going to be tied to anything, especially initially.”
Chapman, 34, is 0-2 so far this season with nine saves in 17 appearances and a 3.86 ERA in 14 innings of work.
A seven-time All-Star, Chapman has racked up 315 saves and more than 1,000 strikeouts in his 13-year MLB career.
Also on Friday, the Yankees placed right-hander Miguel Castro on the paternity list.
Castro, 27, is 4-0 with a 3.51 ERA in 30 relief appearances this season.
–Field Level Media